Thankful Thoughts – School Starts This Week!

thankful thoughtsOn Sundays I try to share some thoughts on thankfulness with you (cleverly called “thankful thoughts” because I apparently lacked creativity that day). This Sunday, we are counting down to the first day of school. It’s literally HOURS away.

(I admit.  I’m counting down the hours until school starts).

I started to write today about how thankful I was that school was starting.  I could, because (duh) I am soooo thankful school is starting.  I am anticipating some peace, quiet, calm, and order.  But I’ll save that post for another day.

I started to write about how thankful I am that we can send our kids to an amazing Christian school.  We love our school.  I am truly thankful for it and for the families that make up our school community.  But I’ll write about that some other week.

Instead, I want to write about

This has been the most un-eventful summer of my entire life.  The only time I’ve even left the county we live in was a trip to see my in-laws for the 4th of July.  I think there are only about three times we got further than ten miles from our house.

We were major homebodies.  Many weeks, the big outing of the week was to go to the “nice” grocery store instead of the corner market.  The kids still talk about the big trip to CostCo.

The summer “bucket list” of ideas I compiled last May?  We might have done two or three of them.

We did lots of dog-piles on the bed.  Sometimes, it was a movie.  Sometimes, it was a video game.  Sometimes, it was books.

We did forts.

We had water balloon fights, water gun fights, and a nerf war.

I taught them how to make popcorn without needing help (except for opening the bag).

I watched Watty turn into a reader and caught him reading by flashlight at midnight.

I’m so thankful he’s fallen in love with reading.

I watch GoGo conquer his fear of spiders and imaginary vampire zombies.  I watched him try to outgrow kittens (he’s trying to replace them with turtles – ha!).

There were days filled with nothing more exciting that legos and a new shape of fruit snack.

There was laughter, and hugs, and tickles.

There were heart to heart chats on the front porch.

We ate watermelon on the front porch (and the pool).  They tried to teach me to spit the seeds “just like daddy.”  I pretended to fail.

The bond with our home was re-cemented.   We re-claimed it from the construction crews and stamped new memories on every single inch of new floor.  The kids put fresh (lego shaped) dents in the new walls.   I fried bacon and onions until the house no longer smelled of “new.”

It was one long drawn-out festival of home.  A pause to renew and refresh as a family.

School starts this week.

I’m ready.  The kids are ready.  It’s time.

But I am so thankful for this summer of nothing.  We needed it.

Are you ready for school to start or are you squeezing every last drop out of summer bliss?


Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. That sounds like an incredible summer!!! I’m a major homebody, too.

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